“Yousuf himself surrendered his captaincy and offered Hafeez to guide the side,” Lahore City Cricket Association president Khawaja Nadeem said. “It’s a great sign from a great player to let Hafeez get experience as captain. I have happily accepted his decision.”
Hafeez, who was appointed the Pakistan T20 captain in May this year, wasn’t judged for the role originally. But minutes before the Lions’ first match against Karachi Zebras at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Yousuf announced his decision.
Hafeez has been playing for his local side Faisalabad Wolves in the national twenty20 cup since 2004. But this year, being a resident of Lahore city, chose to represent Lions – a side possessing nine international cricketers.